Brewed by Scheldebrouwerij
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Meer (Hoogstraten), Belgium


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RATINGS: 338   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Hop Ruiter (Hop Rider) has a full, almost rustic malt body, and pairs Belgian yeast-driven flavors with American assertive hoppiness. It is dry hopped, with two noble varieties which add complexity, delicacy and a bit of funk.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1261) - BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2014
Splendide étiquette avec plein d’information, un blason et une devise « fortis fortuna duvat ». Voilà qui nous invite incontestablement à la dégustation... Couleur blond foncé orangé, très originale. Apparence mate due aux matières en suspension. Bulles moyennes en fontaine au centre. Mousse blanche qui vient napper de belle façon. Arômes de houblon américain aromatique superbe, blé, petite touche de pain grillé et fleur blanche de la haie. 1ère bouche soyeuse aux superbes saveurs de blé/houblon avec une levure tendre à la base. Arrière-bouche fine, complexe, fraîche, aérée, magnifique. 2ème bouche à la texture veloutée et une splendide évoution sur du malt et houblon. 3ème qui offre un grand ensemble bien fondu. Arrière-bouche très agréable, complexe et sans défaut. La longueur monte encore en profondeur de goût. La levure est douce, fine, tendre, parfaite. L’alcool est très bien, soutien parfait à l’objectif. Il est de 8 % abv, mais assez modéré. La finale est complète et belle. Conclusion : une bière très fine qui mérite absolument la dégustation, qui occupe une place claire dans les blondes houblonnées, une production qui est une collaboration et on peut le dire, une réussite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mercator (2) - USA - JUN 22, 2011 does not count
In a shameless act of self promotion, I, Wendy Littlefield, the importer, am posting my rating of our hoppy strong golden ale. I would have given it a 5 - but there is always room for improvement. I am posting the review by Lew Bryson that is in the current issue of All About Beer. His remarks appear below. To the reviewer who asks about the name,Hop Ruiter, it means "hop rider". When we were creating the label for the product (my husband Don Feinberg’s invention) we were inspired by the landscape & local history of this part of belgium that hugs the Dutch border. The fens and heaths north of Turnhout were favorite hunting grounds for the medieval Dukes of Burgundy whose coat of arms emblazon the label. Their love of art, industry and living well imbue life in the Kempen region to this day. The small city of Turnhout is the world HQ to the playing card industry, and home to a talented crew of renegade brewers who brew this beer (the Schelde Brewery). We partnered with them to create a strong golden ale that combines Belgian finesse with American love of assertive hops. We simultaneously launched Hop Ruiter in Holland, Belgium, Italy, Japan and the USA. We think these brewers have a tremendous amount of talent and want to help them succeed by bringing our 30th years of experience as Belgian beer importers and craft brewers (we founded Brewery Ommegang) to assignment. Hope you enjoy and that, whatever you think, you will let us know. For more info on the beer, check out www.belgianexperts.com. Here’s Lew’s take on the beer. “Beautiful pour, beautiful head! brilliant white mousse over a gauzily golden body. Very intoxicating to look at it. Candy, sweet clove, zinging spiciness: This is the smell that drew me to Belgian beer thirty years ago. And it tastes…just like that, only with a twist of bitter at the end that spins this all into another paradigm. Is it overhopped? No. Is it soppy-sweet? No. Am I going to drink the rest of it? You damn betcha. Lew Bryson

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
txspartan (1007) - Berchem, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2011
I’d certainly have had more of this beer had there been more at the tasting event where I had the chance to sample it.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 28, 2011
On keg at t’Waagstuk. Pours a cloudy blonde colour with a thick white head. Awesome hoppy aroma of pine, passion fruit and grapefruit with barley and caramel malt notes. Flavours of passion fruit upfront with some pineapple also. A little sweet but great balance between the hops and the candy sugar, barley and caramel tripel characteristics. Mild carbonation and CO2 prickle. Chewy mouth-feel with a long hoppy, caramel linger. Mild bitterness and a little dry to finish also. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
erickok (5024) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 24, 2012
Misty orange copper body and big bubbly white head. Mine was pretty cold, but still aromatic, with orange peel, fresh hops, white bread, perfume and a sweet cookie base. Lovely. Interplay between a tasty Belgian sweetness in the base and a fair amount of hops to top off. Never super bitter, but does have the taste of hops. Saison like feel to this. Alcohol is within limits, too. Quite a positive surprise this one, even though the brewer is solid anyway. Delicious! (75cl bottle)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (7653) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2011
18/02/2011 - 75cl bottle @ home - Bottle bought in August 2010 (2011-60)

Cloudy yellow to orange beer, beautiful white creamy head. Aroma: hoppy, citrus, tropical fruits, some sweet note. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: hops, fruity, tropical, sweet malts. Aftertaste: little alcohol sweetness, hops, citrus. A very complex and tasty brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirstyrabbit (1679) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 24, 2012
750 ml bottle, 8% ABV. Slightly cloudy pale golden body with a medium head. Aroma has sweet yeast with some honey. Very balanced, very Belgian. Good palate with fine carbonation. Taste has sweet malts with notable hoppiness, which is never overbearing but just right. A bit Tripel-like but mellower and therefore more drinkable. Mellow fruity and yeasty finish with the right bitterness. Did I mention it was mellow and super drinkable?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lore (1931) - Budapest, HUNGARY - OCT 20, 2015
hazy golden colour, huge, long lasting off-white head; aroma of tropical fruits, floral notes, biscuit, some carrot and minimal citruses; tate of tropical fruits like mango, caramel, some piney and grassy notes, as well as hints of alcohol; not bad at all

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrohia (230) - Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2012
Home, 750 bottle. Golden, a head that literally does not stop. This beer was completely intoxicating - in every way. A new favorite. Maybe it was the happy state I was in or my wife's gourmet pizza, but this flavorful, perfectly-balanced beer blew me away. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle at Gollem bier/eetcafe. Bartender recommended this when I was looking for something hoppy. And what a good recommendation! Very nice hoppy aroma. Quite bubbly on the palate. Good (in my opinion) American hoppy flavor; fruity and versatile. Once the effervescence settles, it’s actually quite smooth. Some sweetness in the aftertaste (malt? don’t know), along with the bitterness. The style is Belgian Ale, according to RB, but it sure feels like an IPA! Very nice, and comes in at a close second on my list of hoppy Belgians, after the Viven Imperial IPA . Also tried this on tap later at ’t Waagstuk, and it was just as good.

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